Study Guide

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 Weakness/Strength

Weakness/Strength

We thought things had been pretty dangerous and difficult for the young wizards up to this point, but that was all nothing compared to what they're facing in The Deathly Hallows, Part I.

Harry, Hermione, and Ron have to keep going on the quest to find and destroy Horcruxes, but it's pretty tough going—and the fact that they don't have a clear direction, plus the evil influence of the one Horcrux they've manage to find, plus the stress of having people constantly after them and their families…it basically brings our heroes to the breaking point. Particularly Ron.

Luckily, everyone finds their way back to each other, but the whole Horcrux hunt really forces the kids to realize where they're strong…and where they so aren't.

Questions About Weakness/Strength

  1. Do you think less of Ron for bailing on Harry and Hermione when he gets frustrated? Or do you admire him more after he overcomes his weakness?
  2. What about Harry? He's kind of the ringleader and has to be strong for everyone, but…does he have weaknesses? And if so, do we think less of him for those?
  3. How do other key characters show off their strength or weaknesses through this movie's trials?

Chew on This

Harry is tough, sure, but he does have a weakness that his enemies consistently capitalize on: his intense fascination with his lost family. That fascination is partly what brings Harry to Godric's Hollow on Christmas Eve…where Voldemort's snake is waiting, disguised as an old woman (naturally).

Ron does leave his friends, which isn't great, but the fact that he overcomes that weakness? Totally impressive, and we admire him more for it, once it's all said and done.

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